Ex Ilva: 60% state only in 2024, unions wrath, Giorgetti will convene us

The state will rise to 60% in Acciaierie d’Italia only in 2024. For the next 2 years, therefore, it will remain at 38%
The decision, in the air for some months, was only formalized today with the d

opium agreement signed in Milan between Ilva and Acciaierie d’Italia, for the extension of the lease of the business complexes of Ilva in As, and then between Arcelor Mittal and Invitalia
he was with rewritten the contract which redefines the investment and the shareholders’ agreement already signed in December 2020, at the end of a long and bitter dispute.

However, today’s agreement reconfirms the governance structure: Franco Bernabè will remain president and Lucia Morselli CEO as well as, according to what Invitalia still reports, the validity of “the ambitious environmental and industrial investment plan for about 1.7 billion euros until 2026, for the progressive decarbonisation of production “as well as”the absorption of 10,700 workers engaged in the group’s plants. “It is therefore reconfirmed, albeit with a” remodeling of the timing “, part of the industrial plan previously identified even if at the moment only the production objectives are confirmed for 2022 to 5.7 million tons of steel.

The postponement, however, the government still explains, is linked to the non-fulfillment of the conditions precedent to which the second planned capital increase was bound in 2020 and today allows Acciaierie d’Italia to continue leasing the Ilva business complexes which he will thus be able to request the revocation of the judicial measures affecting the Taranto plant. Both the development minister Giancarlo Giorgetti, “it was the only possibility to guarantee the production of steel, given the circumstances, the environmental and judicial constraints”, explained from Florence, who the CEO of Acciaierie d’Italia, Lucia Morselli.

“This is an important extension, because we have time to finish the environmental plan and set up the next investments, so it is very useful. It is important to have a long enough horizon on which to work and work for what are the plans and investments. agreed for the shareholders “, he added, claiming the work done in Acciaierie d’Italia,” now it is an independent company, in profit “, he repeated, leaving the meeting venue. In the longer term, however, for Morselli the absorption of the 10,700 workers envisaged by the plan. “They too will have a solution but it is a solution that we will have to manage together with other actors, such as commissioners, unions and the government of course”.

But it is difficult for the unions to swallow the morsel of an announcement that arrived in the dark after having for some time solicited a meeting at the Mise in view of the expiry of the possible capital increase and urged the Minister of Labor, Orlando, to reconvene the parties following the failure to agree on the request for layoffs for about 3 thousand workers of the Taranto site. And Fim Fiom Uilm and Uglm clamoring for one summoning to the Mise are preparing for the mobilization: meanwhile, on June 15 Benaglia, Palombella, De Palma will be in Taranto to participate in the Works Council convened for that date.

“Giorgetti will call us. It is essential for us to know the changes in the industrial plan, the investments, the production relaunch, the use of shock absorbers and above all the guarantee that there will be no redundancies”, he asks the Fim general secretary, Renato Benaglia conversing with the Adnkronos. On the other hand, the current production situation of the former Ilva group is limping: “this year the company had declared that it would produce 5.7 million tons of steel in Taranto, we have reached 5 million and if we go on like this to in the short term, no more than the usual 4 million tons will be produced “, denounces. And he considers it “paradoxical that in a moment in which the demand for steel is growing and the profit of those who produce it is enormous, as evidenced by the fact that the Arcelor Mittal group itself produced in 2021 the most positive balance in its history, in Taranto, the largest steel pole in Europe, even bigger than the Ukrainian one of Azovstal, now tragically stopped, works instead at 50% and it is not possible to create a real revival “.

Uilm also lasts: “Now it’s official: even the Minister of Economic Development Giorgetti has given the ok without batting an eye to the agreement to modify the framework contract with the companies of the Acciaierie d’Italia Group. There is talk of reconfirmation of investments and environmental redevelopment interventions in relation to an industrial plan that we do not know and that we have been waiting to hear for two years. Another boulder that falls on this dispute ”, comments the general secretary Uilm, Rocco Palombella for whom” the Taranto plant will not be able to withstand the weight of these uncertainties for another two long years “.

Fiom is also very worried about the impact of the agreement signed today. “The decision of Minister Giorgetti is yet another commitment made without comparison on the fate of the workers of the former Ilva and on the general interests of the country”, comments the leader of the CGIL blue suits, Michele De Palma, who appeals to the premier for this: “Draghi guarantees confrontation, this is a matter of national interest”, he said, underlining how “postponing the conclusion of the acquisition process by the state by two years has no justification”. The decision also, he concludes, “will have further repercussions on the conditions of the plants, also in terms of safety, on the cig and on investments on the future of the industry and the environmental transition”, he lists.

Also for Uglm a comparison with Mise “‘cannot be postponed anymore“, says the secretary Antonio Spera.” More than ever, clarity is needed on the real industrial and environmental plan that awaits Adi, on the management of direct and related personnel, of Ilva’s in Special Administration and of the workers of the subsidiaries, still present in the company perimeter “, he concludes.